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How to Sync and Play Apple Music on iPod shuffle

By Catrina Jones

Updated on September 06, 2019

Have you ever wondered why Apple doesn't allow users to sync offline Apple Music tracks to iPod shuffle?


Preventing privacy is the main reason.


Apple needs WiFi to check the status of your Apple Music subscription, and iPod shuffle doesn't have the WiFi support. Therefore, by disabling Apple Music on iPod shuffle, Apple can ensure that no users can save downloaded songs on their devices after their subscription is canceled.


So when you try to sync Apple Music offline tracks to and iPod shuffle, you will get a warning message saying that "Apple Music songs cannot be copied to an iPod." Is it possible to solve this issue?


In this guide, let's see how to tackle this problem once and for all.



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Fix "Apple Music songs cannot be copied to an iPod"

Although Apple has already discontinued iPod shuffle and iPod nano in mid-2017, iPod shuffle is still a great option for playing music offline because of its small size, large storage space and long battery life. iPod shuffle supports MP3, VBR, AAC, Protected AAC, Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4), WAV, AIFF and Apple Lossless. Obviously, Apple Music’s M4P format is not included.


To put Apple Music on iPod shuffle, you need to convert Apple Music songs to more compatible formats such as MP3. After that, you can sync Apple Music to iPod shuffle via iTunes and play Apple Music on iPod shuffle easily.


Step by Step Guide to Sync and Play Apple Music on iPod shuffle

TuneFab Apple Music Converter is one of the best Apple Music to iPod converter that can remove Apple Music DRM restriction and convert Apple Music songs to high quality MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, AIFF and other common audio formats. Besides Apple Music, it can also convert iTunes purchased music and audiobooks with lossless quality. After converting Apple Music to MP3, you can can transfer the music to iPod shuffle easily via iTunes.

Step 1. Launch Apple Music Converter

To get started, make sure iTunes has been installed on your computer. Run this Apple Music Converter and iTunes will be automatically opened along with this program.


Step 2. Select the Apple Music Songs

Since all your iTunes library will be loaded into this program, you can preview your Apple Music songs on the "Playlist" section. Then, tick the Apple Music songs you want to convert or use the search function to locate the certain Apple Music.

Select the Apple Music Songs

Step 3. Specify Output Format for iPod shuffle

On the "Output Settings" section, you need to specify an output format from the drop-down list and then choose a destination folder to save your converted Apple Music files.

Specify Output Format for iPod Shuffle

Step 4. Convert Apple Music to iPod shuffle

Simple click on "Convert" button, then this program will start the conversion at once. When the conversion finished, you can copy the Apple Music tracks to your iPod Shuffle for listening.

Convert Apple Music to iPod Shuffle

Step 5. Sync Apple Music to iPod Shuffle with iTunes

After converting Apple Music to MP3, you can use iTunes to add music from PC to iPod shuffle. 


Import Converted Apple Music to iTunes

Launch iTunes, and then create a new music playlist in iTunes. Next step is to add the converted songs from computer to iTunes playlist. You can simply drag and drop the all the songs from PC into the new playlist in iTunes.

Add New Playlist in iTunes


Connect iPod shuffle to iTunes

Connect your iPod shuffle to iTunes and then go to the iPod shuffle window in iTunes. Simply click on the "Device" icon in iTunes then you can get to the manage interface.


Go to "Settings" > "Music" and check "Sync Music". Because one device can only sync with one iTunes library at a time, if you see a pop-up windows asking you to confirm your action, please select “Remove and Sync” to continue.

Connect iPod Shuffle to iTunes


Sync Music from iTunes Playlist to iPod shuffle

Now under "Sync Music" tab, select "Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres". After that, go to "Playlist" and select the new created playlist in iTunes. When all is set, click at "Apply" to start syncing DRM-free MP3 to iPod shuffle. The process will be don within minutes.

Sync Apple Music to iPod with iTunes


So, it is a really perfect solution to help you enjoy Apple Music on iPod shuffle. Once the DRM protection is removed, you can also enjoy Apple Music on iPod classic and iPod nano. Don't need too much effort, you can listen to Apple Music whenever you want. Now just download the trial version of Apple Music Converter for free and give it a shot!

YouTube Tutorial: Sync iTunes Playlist to iPod


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